Valentine's heart surgery for Philippine girl
NEW ORLEANS - On Valentine's Day, New Orleans surgeons will fix a hole in the heart of a 4-year-old girl from the Philippines.
Dr. Joseph Caspi will lead a volunteer team in the operation at Children's Hospital to repair the hole between the two top chambers of the child's heart.
The girl and her mother, identified only as Julia and Dann, will be staying at a home in Slidell, La.
The operation is sponsored by HeartGift - a charity with three Texas offices and one in New Orleans - and the New Orleans-based Betty S. and James A Noe Jr. Foundation.
The foundation's board says one of the Noes' grandchildren was successfully treated years ago for a congenital heart defect, and the couple wants to help another little girl live a normal life.